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Beyond Moving

Directed by Vikram Dasgupta

Canada | Documentary | 84

18 Apr
Sat, Apr 18, 2020 at 12:45 pm PT
20 Apr
Mon, Apr 20 at 4:00 pm PT
Roxie Theater


This captivating documentary tells the remarkable story of South African dancer Siphe November, who was discovered as a young boy in the township of Zolani and rose to become one of a handful of Africans to lead a Western ballet company. Featuring breathtaking sequences that showcase Siphe’s innate physical talent and magnetism, and revealing interviews with his family and teachers, Beyond Moving sensitively captures the sacrifices one makes for art, the life we leave behind, and the power of dance to bridge cultures. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Beyond Moving offers a compelling character study that speaks to access and opportunity. Filmmaker Vikram Dasgupta offers a mix of archival footage and contemporary images to show the natural talent in November’s skills on the dance floor as well as the obvious progression of his ability with the right bit of nurturing. The observational elements of the film draw out the power of his story about creating avenues for opportunity to level the playing field and to create support for artists and athletes regardless of their backgrounds.” –Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

Director Vikram Dasgupta

Vikram Dasgupta studied fine arts at Kolkata University and film at Sheridan College in Canada. After founding his own design studio Pixel Palette, he embarked on a career as a creative director for film, television, and commercials. Calcutta Taxi (2012) won the Best Drama jury award at Aspen Shortfest. One of his commercials, Parapan Am Games: Are You Ready? (2015), was nominated for a Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity award. Beyond Moving is his debut feature.



Film Details

Language English, Xhosa

Year 2019

Premiere North American

Runtime 84

Country Canada/The Netherlands/South Africa

Director Vikram Dasgupta

Producer Vikram Dasgupta

Editor Vikram Dasgupta

Cinematographer Jeffrey Peter Maher, Christopher Lew

Music Dalal Bruchmann